About Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow is a passionate wine aficionado who has had a long history with wine. He is a Principal Critic and Partner in WineAlign.com, the most read source of wine information in Canada. He contributed to Wine Access, Canada's national wine magazine from 2001 until 2013 when it ceased publication.

Over 100,000 people have registered to receive his two monthly reports on the Best Value Wines in Ontario. Typically over 10,000 read each one and make a smart buying decision as a consequence. Steve also contributes reviews to the National Post.

For sixteen years until 2014 Steve was the Education Director for IWEG, which delivers the International WSET Education program in Ontario, accepted as the benchmark of wine education throughout the global trade. IWEG has been educating trade and wine lovers since 1977.

Graduates of IWEG are amongst the “Who’s Who” of the Ontario and Canadian Alcohol Beverage Industries, counting amongst its graduates key buyers and category managers in the LCBO, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine in Canada.

He established Wine Cellars as a wine agency in 1993 to import wine into Ontario. It grew steadily until it was incorporated into Corby Distilleries in 1999 on his appointment as Director of Wine for Canada, a position he held until April 2001.

Upon leaving Corby, Steve established his wine education and communication business, Wine for Life. The company is involved in the training and education of hotel and restaurant wine staff and wine agency personnel. Additionally, Steve frequently conducts wine education sessions on behalf of international trade agencies and leads wine exploration travel trips to France, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Sicily, Central Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and South Africa.

He has been conducting wine experience sessions since 2001. Over 3000 have attended these in downtown Toronto.

Steve is an internationally recognized wine judge. He has been a regular member of the judging team at Decanter World Wine Awards each year and has judged in the past at Sindaco in Italy, Veritas in South Africa, Vinitaly in Verona, and many other competitions.

In the past he has spent much time organizing Toronto's annual international wine festivals. Steve was on the executive team of the Santé wine festival from 2003 -2008.

He is married with two grown daughters and lives in Caledon, about an hour's drive north of Toronto, in rural Ontario. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, England. He specialized in computer software.